Ideology Ends Again
In November 1988, I was a courier of sorts between Adam Michnik and Vádav Havel. After spending a few days in Warsaw, which included observing Adam's presentation of a paper to the democracy seminar on the relations between the Polish secular and religious traditions, I traveled to Czechoslovakia with Jonathan Fanton, president of The New School for Social Research, and Ira Katznelson, the distinguished political scientist and dean of its Graduate Faculty. We hoped to establish a firm relationship with the Czechoslovak opposition and initiate a democracy seminar in Prague. Following Michnik's original vision, I hoped to talk about it directly with Havel.
Since the Polish independent press had recently published a collection of Havel's essays, Michnik inscribed a copy for Havel, suggesting that presenting this volume would be a fitting way for me to introduce myself. With the same purpose in mind, I also carried page